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What I See:Gaian-Tarot-Explorer-Air

He has such a chubby baby face, yet there’s the hint of first facial hair darkening his upper lip. I definitely get the sense of that awkward teen to young adult stage of life. He’s climbed up into the tree for a bird’s eye view. He’s well equipped. I see a knife. The book talks about a quiver and bow. And I can’t help but think he dashed up that tree without any thought to the danger. Perhaps it’s the mum in me, but those branches don’t look strong enough to hold him.

General Air element/Sword suit:

Please refer back to the Ace of Air.

Light (upright) Reading:

You have the insight to look for alternatives.

  • Keywords: Analytical, Quick-Witted, Sharp-Minded, Mental Stimulation, or Skillful.

Shadow (upside down or reverse) Reading:

Beware of needing to be right.

  • Keywords: Impatience, Insensitivity, Arrogant, Cynical, or Intolerant.


How about a story centered around a scout, whether a military or hunting or simple hiking trip setting? Or how about staging an ambush?

Perhaps a bird watcher. Or flip that, maybe he’s a Peeping Tom. Is he communing with the birds? Perhaps he’s some kind of bird-human shifter. Maybe using birds to send messages?

With Air being the intellectual element, perhaps a tale of quick thinking. Or blowing political correctness on its arse.

  • Explorer Themes: Energy, Passion, Motion Towards Goal, Intention, Focus, Single-mindedness, Idealism, Vitality, or Lust for Life.

Tarot for Writers by Corrine Kenner says, “The Knight of Swords is a prototypical hero of romantic chivalry — like Galahad, one of King Arthur’s knights.” Oh yeah, a retelling. Or maybe bring it forward with an old fashioned hero sweeping the heroine off her feet. Perhaps turn that on it’s ear, have the heroine sweep the hero off HIS feet.


“I climb high in order to get perspective and take the long view.” ~Joanna Powell Colbert

  • Suit Archetype/Feudal Class: Nobility, Warrior, and Political class.

MBTI: ESTP (Extroverted Sensing Thinking Perceiving)

The nine-point personality enneagram can also be useful for character building.

Explorers/Knights/Princes are E7: Epicure, Enthusiast, Visionary, Dream, and/or Generalist

  • Self Image — I am happy
  • Passion — Gluttony, Over-indulgence, or Charlatanry
  • Virtue — Sobriety
  • Narcissistic Trap — Idealism
  • Avoids — Pain
  • Speaking Style — Garrulous or Story-telling

E7 people are ruled by their head. They need to understand the pattern of events, where all the pieces fit in the puzzle of life, and are often detached from their emotions. Their objectivity may hide feelings of isolation or confusion.

Additionally, look up one of the Air signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) for personality traits.

  • Careers: Copywriter, Marketing/Sales, Concierge, Debater, Illustrator, Journalist, Linguist, Information Technology, and Analyst.
  • Recreation: Running, Squash, Cycling/Spinning, Skiing, Rollerblading, and Anything playful or exciting that gives them a thrill.

For more information on the Explorers in general, please refer back Explorer of Earth.

Image: Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert from Llewellyn Worldwide